Really confusing but the 1968 special effects are amazing! Gets very freaky because Kubrick effectively uses no soundtrack during the space walking scenes, creating a sense of loneliness and hopelessness. Saw it the second time to tell myself it wasn't that scary after all. How wrong I was, it remains one of the only film I have thought of every single day since I saw it. That's almost five years. An influential classic that remains the most scary and horrifying film I've ever seen. And I've seen a fair few horror movies, none of which have scared me as much as this U-rated masterpiece, if at all because I don't scare easily. I must admit I wasn't generous to it before, giving it 2, 3 and 3.5 stars, but after my classmates naively walking out of the lesson we watched it in because of the lack of speech in the first half hour or so, I felt proud to have seen it and realised how much it means to me. But, first and foremost, it's a classic, and always will be, annoying ape and malfunctioning computer or not. And, HAL9000 must be one of the best and most terrifying characters in movie history. Bye Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees and Freddy Krueger, there's an older kid on the block. And he's a paranoid supercomputer and, as proved by Alien, in space no-one can hear you scream. Looks truly stunning in our blu-ray player, even though it's an old DVD.